Black Monday Tracker: Follow NFL head coaching changes

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It’s Black Monday in the NFL, meaning several coaches, general managers — and teams — are waiting to see what their futures hold.

Some coaches didn’t even make it to Monday before being fired, and, of course, Black Monday came a week early for Chip Kelly, who was fired by the Eagles on the verge of finishing his third season. Below is all the latest on head coaches and general managers around the NFL:

9:40 p.m. ET: In a stunning turn of events, the Colts announced a surprise contract extension with Chuck Pagano after it was widely believed for months that Pagano would be relieved of his duties at the end of the season even if the Colts made the playoffs. After Indianapolis fell short of the postseason, Pagano’s exit seemed to be a mere formality, but now he’ll get a chance to reverse his and the franchise’s fortune with a healthy Andrew Luck in 2016.

FIRED: Chargers offensive coordinator Reich

3:53 p.m. ET: The Chargers have fired offensive coordinator Frank Reich, according to reports. Head coach Mike McCoy is safe regardless of whether the team plays in San Diego or Los Angles next year, a source tells ProFootballTalk.

Coughlin steps down as Giants coach

2:20 p.m. ET: Tom Coughlin has stepped down as head coach of the New York Giants. He won two Super Bowls in 12 seasons as Giants head coach.

In a statement, Coughlin said, “I strongly believe the time is right for me and my family, and as I said, the Giants organization.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as head coach of the New York Football Giants. This is not a sad occasion for me. I have spent 15 years with this organization as an assistant and head coach and was fortunate to be part of three Super Bowl winning teams.”

Coughlin reportedly may not retire and is open to “the right opportunity.”

1:40 p.m. ET: After firing Jim Tomsula on Sunday, 49ers CEO Jed York said Monday that Trent Baalke will stay as the team’s GM and will hire the Niners’ next coach. One scenario to keep an eye on: The Niners going after Saints coach Sean Payton.

1:08 p.m. ET: Where the Chargers play next year remains to be seen, but Mike McCoy is being kept on as head coach despite a 4-12 season.

1:00 p.m. ET: The Dolphins beat the Patriots on Sunday, but the folks in Miami still reportedly want to speak with New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia.

FIRED: Titans toss GM Webster

12:22 p.m. ET: The writing was on the wall for Ruston Webster after head coach Ken Whisenhunt was fired during the season. The Titans fired Webster on Monday. Steve Underwood has been permanently promoted to President and CEO of the team.

HIRED: Dolphins tab Grier as new GM

11:47 a.m. ET: That didn’t take long. Chris Grier is the new general manager of the Miami Dolphins, the team announced Monday. The Dolphins fired Dennis Hickey as GM only two days ago.

 

10:36 a.m. ET: All signs are pointing to Tom Coughlin resigning as head coach of the New York Giants after missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Coughlin will reportedly meet with ownership at 1 p.m. ET.

10:11 a.m. ET: What will happen to Jeff Fisher in St. Louis after the Rams went 7-9? His job could be safe due to the team’s geographic uncertainty. A move to Los Angeles looks more than possible for the Rams.

8:39 a.m. ET: Mike Shanahan will interview with the Dolphins for their head-coaching vacancy on Tuesday, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports.

7:14 a.m. ET: Chip Kelly has reached out to the 49ers to tell them that he’d like to coach them, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Kelly was fired last week by the Eagles after missing the playoffs for the second straight season.

6:29 a.m. ET: Jason Garrett isn’t leaving Dallas, according to Jerry Jones: “There’s no thought of replacing Jason. At all.”

SUNDAY EARLY-BIRD ACTION

FIRED: 49ers part with Tomsula

10:06 p.m. ET: Jim Tomsula‘s tenure in San Francisco has officially ended after only one season. Tomsula exits after a tumultuous 5-11 season. He was with the organization for nine years.

8:53 p.m. ET: The Eagles will reportedly pursue coach Sean Payton if he does not stay on as Saints coach. Payton reportedly has a Monday meeting with Saints GM Mickey Loomis.

FIRED: Pettine, Farmer out at Cleveland

7:09 p.m. ET: The Browns have fired head coach Mike Pettine and GM Ray Farmer. Pettine was 10-22 in two years as head coach in Cleveland. Doug Marrone will reportedly be the first person interviewed for the head-coaching vacancy, but Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam denies that. Haslam quickly promoted the Browns’ general counsel, Sashi Brown, to executive director of football operations and gave Brown control of the 53-man roster.

Bennett doesn’t fear backlash for skipping White House trip

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HOUSTON (AP) Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett says he is not worried about upsetting team owner Robert Kraft by not attending New England’s trip to the White House as Super Bowl champions.

Bennett said after the Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Falcons on Sunday night that he’s “not going to go” to the traditional meet-and-greet with the president. It will be the first visit of a Super Bowl champion to Washington since Donald Trump was sworn into office.

Trump’s positions have alienated some athletes, which has raised questions about whether some might choose to skip the trip while the new president is in office.

But Bennett said he isn’t concerned about it and thinks the team believes “in whatever I want to do.”

Kraft is a supporter of Trump and attended a celebration dinner in Washington for him the night before his inauguration.

Patriots’ Tom Brady earns 4th Super Bowl MVP trophy with epic comeback

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HOUSTON (AP) The greatest quarterback in NFL history led the biggest Super Bowl comeback to be the MVP on Sunday night.

Tom Brady rallied New England from a 25-point third-quarter deficit for a 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history to earn his fifth Super Bowl title and fourth MVP trophy.

“They’re all sweet,” he said. “They’re all different and this was just an incredible team and I’m just happy to be a part of it,” he said.

Brady threw touchdown passes of 5 and 6 yards in the second half and tied things at 28-28 when he connected withDanny Amendola on a 2-point conversion with 57 seconds left.

He then directed the drive in overtime which ended with a 2-yard run by James White to make the Patriots the first team to win a Super Bowl after trailing by more than 10 points.

“We all brought each other back,” he said. “We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle.”

His performance certainly wasn’t without its struggles. His incredible second half and overtime came after a first half where the Patriots managed just three points and he threw an interception which Robert Alford returned 82 yards for a touchdown. He was hurried and harassed for much of the games. The Falcons sacked him five times and hit him on another eight occasions.

He noted the beating he took when he was trying to recount the details of the comeback and couldn’t remember what the score was at one point in the rally.

“There was a lot of (stuff) that happened tonight,” he said. “I got hit pretty hard.”

His 466 yards passing are a Super Bowl record, surpassing the 414 yards Kurt Warner had 17 years ago. He also set a record for most passes completed in a Super Bowl with 43 and most attempts with 62.

He is the first to play in seven Super Bowls and the victory ties him with Charles Haley for most Super Bowl rings.

After all Brady has done in his career, was this his finest moment?

“Tom’s had a lot of great ones,” coach Bill Belichick said. “But, yeah tonight was one of them.”

It’s a triumphant end to a difficult season for Brady, who missed the first four games because of his “Deflategate” suspension and dealt with his mother Galynn Brady suffering through an undisclosed illness. The Super Bowl was the first game she’s attended all season.

“They’re all happy,” he said fighting back tears. “It’s nice to have everybody here and it’s going to be a great celebration tonight.”

He shared a quick moment with her right after the game, but was looking forward to more time with her in the upcoming days.

“It’s kind of madness after the game so I didn’t get much quality time with her but we’ll get it this week,” he said.

But he certainly wasn’t asking for sympathy for his rough road to this title though, chuckling when someone asked about the adversity the Patriots have gone through in the past couple of years.

“We’ve done pretty good over the last few years … so I don’t think anyone’s feeling bad for the Patriots,” he said. “I don’t think anyone feels bad for the Patriots.”

Brady also collected the MVP trophy in 2001, 2003 and 2014.

“It was just a lot of mental toughness by our team and we’re going to remember this one for the rest of our lives,” Brady said.

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